The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Career Insights

Navigating a Career as a Clinical Research Professional: Where to Begin?

Those seeking an initial career in clinical research often ask how they can “get a start” in the field. Some clinical research professionals may not have heard about clinical research careers until they landed that first job. Individuals sometimes report that they have entered the field “accidentally” and were not previously prepared. Those trying to enter the clinical research field lament that it is hard to “get your foot in the door,” even for entry-level jobs and even if you have clinical research education. An understanding of how individuals enter the field can be beneficial to newcomers who are targeting clinical research as a future career path, including those novices who are in an academic program for clinical research professionals. Keep Reading >

More from ACRP’s Clinical Researcher

The Anatomy of a Great Clinical Research Coordinator >

Hindsight, Foresight, and Coming Full Circle >

Reflections on a Career in Oncology Clinical Research >


Professional Profiles from ACRP’s Careers: Pass It On Series

Get a glimpse into clinical research career journeys from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds shared by ACRP Members.

Grant Gorr Reflects on a Decade of Experience as a Top Talent Recruiter and President of the ACRP Kansas City Chapter >

Bonnie Miller’s Recipe for Success Begins with Hard Work, Risk-Taking, and a Heaping Scoop of Good Humor >

Debbie Waldrop Shares What Piqued Her Interest in Clinical Research and Her Path into the Field >

Jerry Stein Discusses Overcoming Professional Struggles in Clinical Research >

Samuel Whitaker Talks Clinical Research Technology and It’s Role in His Career >

Jennifer Visich Sheds Light on a “Day in the Life” as an Industry Consultant >

Dan Dumrauf Understands the Unique Challenges of Identifying Leading Resource Talent and is Not Afraid to Confront Obstacles Head On >


‘The Careers Issue’ from ACRP’s Clinical Researcher

Each year the clinical research industry’s flagship journal Clinical Researcher dedicates its editorial content to career development issues. Check out the following issues for more career advice and guidance:

Charting Early and Changing Career Courses (2019) >

Meshing the Gears of Education and Training (2018) >

Your Research Career Advancement: Planned or Pushed (2017) >

Workforce Development: New Demands, New Solutions, New Certifications (2016) >

Careers in Clinical Research (2015) >